A Special Request for the Catoctin High School Sports Boosters

Kirby Delauter‬ is mad at the County Council and takes it out on the kids…

That’s right, ol “hashtag” is at it again, but this time it’s a local high school sports team that will suffer. As seen in this photo from Kirby’s Facebook page, Kirby felt it necessary to publicly go on a rant about the Council’s decision to forbid County leaders from bidding on County capital works projects. It doesn’t matter to Kirby that most Maryland counties have the same rule. It doesn’t matter to Kirby that he lived under the same rule while he was on the BoCC. No, he’s been throwing a major hissy fit because he can’t rig – err, bid – on County work.

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So to “show who’s boss around here” Kirby has publicly announced that his company won’t give their customary donation to the Catoctin High School Sports Boosters. He snidely tells them to get the money from the Council members that voted against him. I could editorialize more about this – but I don’t think I really have to. This is just ridiculous. Instead of editorializing, let me tell you what a few rational adults are doing instead – they’re helping the kids.

A donation campaign has been started to not only collect the donation that Kirby so publicly disavowed but to try and go further. You can send a check:

CHS Sports Boosters
14745 Sabillasville Road
Thurmont, MD 21758

Or you can donate online to a GoFundMe page established today:

http://www.gofundme.com/b5xz4ema

Kirby can have his little tantrum and, if we’re lucky, he’ll go away. In the meantime, please consider providing a donation to the CHS Sports Boosters.

By the way, this story is getting some attention. The Frederick News Post has already picked it up and it’s on Twitter. Who knows – maybe this really is #KirbyDelauter part two! … sigh


Frederick News Post
Delauter withholds donations after county contract rule change
Thursday, August 20, 2015
By Jen Fifield

EXCERPT:

“Frederick County Councilman Kirby Delauter says his private company will no longer donate to charitable organizations in the county while he is in office.

The company no longer has the money for the contributions, Delauter said, because of a bill the County Council passed Tuesday.

The bill added a new rule to the county’s purchasing law stating that the county can’t award public projects to companies owned by elected officials or their close family members. The companies can still be subcontractors on county projects. Delauter owns W.F. Delauter and Son, a construction company that does utility and road work. The company used to bid on and receive contracts from the county.

The company will no longer donate to the 30 to 40 nonprofits that it has traditionally supported, Delauter said.

“It’s economics,” he said. “… I have to have the money to spend.”

The county has not directly awarded a contract to Delauter & Son, though, since Delauter was first elected four and a half years ago.

Council Vice President M.C. Keegan-Ayer said that if Delauter assumed, when he was running for re-election in 2014, that the county would allow him to win bids under the new form of charter government, he made a gamble.

“And unfortunately, he lost on this one,” she said.”